Ellenbrook’s Parkland Villas residents host own Olympic Games


Ellenbrook Residents Glenice Hahnel, John Adamson, Mary Pusenjak, Carmel Langdon and Karen Maddison.
Ellenbrook Residents Glenice Hahnel, John Adamson, Mary Pusenjak, Carmel Langdon and Karen Maddison.

THE Olympics came to Parkland Villas in Ellenbrook last week when the village hosted its own competition to rival Rio.

Residents divided into 12 countries and 60 competitors, battling it out for line honours.

The concept was developed earlier this year by residents Libby Elliott (65) and Helen Doney (69).

“We started by appointing Team Captains, and allocated team members specifically to separate couples and friends,” Ms Elliott said.

“This worked well, as new friendships were formed and fierce competition was established.”

Over the day, eight adapted events were contested, including javelin, discus, shot put, a ribbon dance, balance beam, basketball and a team relay.

Some of the events required participation from the entire team, while others only required one or two team members to be involved.

“The ribbon dance and balance beam events created excitement in the village, with secret practice sessions and stolen equipment making the competition really interesting,” Ms Elliott said.

“We have seen so many team meetings and strategy get-togethers, with some husbands versus wives alliances being sworn to secrecy; it’s been hilarious.”

Ms Elliott and Ms Doney said their next task was to plan the 2018 Commonwealth Games.